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Teaching requires financial sacrifice

Maureen Logan

I am responding to the letter about teachers being overpaid written by Ginger Green. Being a teacher in Summit County for three years has taught me much about the community, and I feel this is not an accurate representation of the feeling that most of us possess.

I have taken the time to become a tenured professional and return my knowledge to the children. The work I have put forth to acquire my master’s degree while waiting tables at night left me little time for myself. The summers I was not teaching, I did have to support myself through work not related to my profession. In addition to working, I further educated myself by attending classes to stay current with progressing teaching techniques. I worked diligently to climb the pay scale as I saw many professional teachers do and it still was not enough to support myself as a single homeowner.

I wanted to stay in Summit County and teach, yet I had to make the most difficult decision and change careers. I see more and more qualified teachers leaving the profession because of their economic situation. It frustrates me to become yet another educator that could not survive in a profession she worked so hard for. We understood the financial sacrifice we undertook to perform a job we love. How can one undermine a profession that gives so much, accepts many sacrifices and asks relatively little?

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